Orioles Hammel set to start opener
Jason Hammel is set to start the Baltimore Orioles’ opener at
Hammel, who threw five innings in a minor league game Wednesday,
is scheduled to start against the Rays’ David Price on Tuesday in
St. Petersburg, Fla.
”We look it at as one of the five starters. He will be the
first guy of the season,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Hammel was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA for the Orioles last season, and
pitched Games 1 and 5 in the American League Divisional Series
against New York.
”It’s an honor,” Hammel said. ”Very excited. Basically what
it means, is I get to be the one to get us off on the right foot. I
don’t take that lightly. Very confident to come out and win
He’ll be followed in the Orioles’ rotation by Wei-Yin Chen and
Hammel missed much of the second half of last season after
surgery on his right knee.
The 30-year-old right-hander has only pitched in three major
league games this month because Showalter wanted to avoid using him
against American League East rivals.
”I’m very happy to say I made it through healthy,” Hammel
said. ”That was my main concern after last year. It was the first
time I dealt with an injury that long and I feel like I’ve come
back stronger from it. I may not have pitched in many Grapefruit
League games, but I was able to get the work in I needed to.”
Showalter declined to reveal his fourth and fifth starters.
Chris Tillman will probably be one of them, and Jake Arrieta is in
the lead for the other.
The Orioles reassigned their No. 1 draft choice from last year,
Kevin Gausman to minor league camp.